Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯

The 27 leaders of the European Union countries are expected to support granting EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova at a two-day summit being held in Brussels Thursday and Friday, according to a senior EU official.

Speaking to journalists in Brussels Wednesday, the EU official said, β€œI have not seen a problem on granting candidate status to Ukraine,” and lauded the work of European Council President Charles Michel.

But the senior official added: β€œI would like to tell you that β€˜it’s a done deal’ and β€˜it’s easy,’” but after years of working inside the EU, institutions didn’t want to be drawn on a definitive answer.”

β€œSo I’m confident, but I’m cautious too,” the official said.

Separately, a senior diplomat from an EU country said that “Ukraine and the Commission have done a great job” in preparing for Ukraine’s bid to start the long process of joining the EU, and the diplomat’s country was β€œhappy with the report on the table.”

The diplomat tamped down expectations, saying that granting Ukraine candidate country status β€œdoesn’t mean that we can advance, side-tracking everything which is normally on the table. That is not the case, and I think is not fair.”

When asked about a timetable for Ukraine becoming a full EU member state, the diplomat said: β€œI think the only one who can set a timetable is Ukraine, because Ukraine has to adapt, to transform, reform, and under the present circumstances, we understand that priorities lie elsewhere.”

Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

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